President Donald Trump? It Could Happen

I’m thinking more and more that Donald Trump has a definite shot at winning the election. The biggest reason is, while just about everything he says is asinine, self-aggrandizing, unrealistic, childish, racist, warmongering, outright lies, etc., he sounds “sincere”. For a guy who was raised to feel and think he’s better and more entitled than everyone else, he knows how to make unintelligent and unknowledgeable, racist people believe he’s one of them. They can relate to him. He doesn’t hit heavy on the talking points like Hillary Clinton does. She delivers her talking points with sledgehammers. Trump makes up a lot of what he says on the spot so it is as unrehearsed as it sounds. With the coached talking points he still has a conversational, rah rah manner of speaking that goes over well with his voter base.

Contrast that to Clinton. Watch the video clip of her convention speech. When you hit a talking point like “And we will follow the money” that hard it can only fall flat–which it did for many of us home viewers. If her eyes had bugged out any more I’d worry that her body had been taken over by an alien life form. Maybe it has…

http://finance.yahoo.com/video/hillary-clinton-going-money-030900098.html

Trump is still hiding his tax returns and still hiding his true physical condition. You can look at the guy and see he’s not a specimen of perfect health. But he’s never stumbled off a curb and he’s never collapsed and been held up by one of his handlers. The image of Clinton’s display of physical weakness combined with the fact that she looks older than her age of 68 will remain in the minds of many voters in November. It seems like Trump is reversing the unofficial Clinton talking point: It’s now becoming voters dislike Trump but they hate Clinton.

Trump is hiding a lot from voters but it seems like this is his own decision based on reasons that would have ruled him out as a nominee in any other election year. But it comes across as him doing it on his own. With Clinton it does come across as a campaign conspiracy. Here’s a woman who talks about transparency yet you still don’t know what’s true and what’s been and is still hidden. Trump claims he’ll do all kinds of things as president and while he won’t be able to do most of them he comes across as being truthful–for Trump. With Clinton when she talks about taking on Wall Street and the banks you know that’ll never happen because all during her Senate career it never did. Only when both she and Trump start their warmongering do you believe them both.

If only Bernie Sanders hadn’t done his quick collapse, not taken the easy, the chicken way out he might’ve wound up being elected president after all.

 

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The Progressive Knuckleheads

This morning it was amply demonstrated to me that there are just as many knuckleheads on the Left as there are on the Right. Leftist knuckleheads call themselves “Progressives” because, I guess, the word “Liberal” is too retro for them. Too passé, so yesterday ever since the GOP made the term an object of ridicule. This is what makes people who call themselves “Progressives” weak because they bought into the GOP-overlaid shame in the Liberal name. Bernie calls himself a Progressive and look what happened to HIM?

Anyway, I had a post on Facebook that was based on something my wife said to me last night. She said the election will not come down to a choice between the lesser of two evils. It will come down to a choice of voting for who you hate the least.

Turns out it was much too True Blue for the likes of one admin in a certain “Progressive” (always with a capital P, mind you) Facebook group and so it was deleted it. My wife’s comment spoke the absolute truth. Jill Stein has not one chance in any hell you can imagine, in any hell in this or any other universe or dimension of being elected president. The choice will not be between the lesser of two evils. It will come down to choosing which candidate you hate the least. Which also means that it might be possible that neither candidate gets the majority of the vote, Paul Ryan’s House of Representatives will elect Trump president and Mitch McConnell’s Senate will elect the Vice-President.

I’m fine with that and all it portends for SCOTUS. My conscience is clear because I supported Bernie Sanders who was the ONLY presidential candidate who would’ve beaten Trump or any other Republican presidential candidate hands down. The system is rigged for Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, and you reap what you sow. I did my time under Reagan, two Bushes, Clinton, and Obama and survived them all. I’ve existed quite well under Republican-controlled Supreme Courts and I’ll continue to live the civil-rights circumvented life their decisions have wrought, along with anti-civil rights legislation signed into law by Reagan, the two Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. Bill Clinton helped advance the decline of the middle class and of the labor union movement started by Reagan. Obama did nothing to reverse any of it, choosing to further help all of it along.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—whoever is president—will finally push both the middle class and labor unions into the toilet and give it a quick flush to end both once and for all because that is who they’ve always been. Unless you’re a woman entrepreneur attempting a very small startup on some Caribbean island or in Africa or someplace (but somehow not in the good ol’ US of A). Then she has big innovative, technology-based ideas on how to help. Because creativity, innovation, technology, and internet access will lift all boats captained by poor, foreign women out of poverty, right? So they can shatter all those glass ceilings and take their rightful places alongside the male powerhouses that Hillary Clinton rubs shoulders with at her elevated, Mt. Olympian altitude high above us all. Too bad she has no innovative, technological ideas for how the internet can lift unemployed American male and female factory workers up to those same exalted heights.

Same goes for all the taxicab drivers now put out of work by Uber. Or public school teachers thrown out of work after their school districts opted to go with charter schools. Or the other jobs and vocations of common folk made obsolete by all the creative, innovative, and technologically-minded Harvard and Yale Law School and MIT graduates-(Thomas Frank in his book “Listen. Liberal” calls the Clintons and the graduates I’ve described as being professionals of the Liberal Class) who’ve creatively innovated millions of people out of work and careers through technology (as well as Democratic/Republican funding and support for the startups created by the professionals of the liberal class who graduated from those Ivy League schools and from MIT.

The Bernie movement is now leaderless. It needs charismatic and brilliant, effective leaders to carry it forward. By next year it will most likely join the news archives with stories about the Occupy Movement. I think that successful mass, national organization along the lines of the Civil Rights and the Anti-Vietnam War movements are a thing of the past. We’re too polarized, too content to let posting on the internet substitute for vast marching in the streets. The political game and the corporate media are solidly and iron-clad aligned against us. Effective this year there is no longer is a political party home for Liberals. We’ve been cast adrift in a movement that I don’t think has been constructed sturdy politically seaworthy enough to carry us to any future destination where Liberals can change the system and win back America.

If anyone has any words of solace or hope, please post them now. Thanks.

Why Black Voters Should Be Supporting Bernie Sanders

A criticism of Bernie Sanders from several black groups is that he has not really talked about racism or otherwise addressing black issues, something they say Hillary Clinton has done.

OK, here’s my response. I’ve listened to Bernie talk for years and I’m currently reading his autobiography. He talks about why this country is so racist, coming to the same conclusion I arrived at independently. Basically, we’re all being played. Poor white sharecroppers and laborers were being played by wealthy Southern landowners, bankers and politicians and we’re being played by the ruling power elite of today. Being played how? By polarizing us into different groups who look across the room or the country with hate at each other. When life is hard and you’re struggling just to survive, many people need someone to blame for their hardships and struggle, a scapegoat. They also need to feel superior to the object of their hate. So, poor whites hate blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, etc., anyone they feel superior to and fear is in danger of taking a piece of the small pie they’re grasping onto.

Blacks and Hispanics hate each other in many communities. Many groups join together and hate gay people. So, we’re all looking across and hating each other instead of stopping to look up and see who are the ones who have pitted us against each other. We’re all rats in an overcrowded maze with no way out and the food and water grow less and less.

Why are we kept pitted against each other like this? Because of all us stopped to think and reason, we’d realize who actually is responsible for all of this. We’d unite and as one huge powerful group rise up and overthrow the power elite, which would be the first step in healing all the rifts between us.

So, this is why Bernie doesn’t concentrate on black issues, or Hispanic issues or any issues which just serve to polarize one group from another. All our issue stem from the same common problems: inequality of wealth and income, lack of a job, working at of a job which pays a living wage and offers benefits, lack of adequate income, lack of adequate housing, lack of affordable college education, etc. If you focus on the basic problems we all face and fix those, racism becomes less of an issue because if just about everybody has theirs, there’s no reason to hate the those who have more than you or for you to try to feel superior to those who have less and you feel are trying to take more of yours.

So, let Hillary talk about black issues. Let her continue to perpetuate the hatred and polarization among the races. Bernie is talking about changing the fundamental issues and institutional inequalities which separate us all so that we can finally unite under the common goal of equality—in every sense of the word—and justice for all. Bernie Sanders for president for ALL of us.

Hillary Clinton Second Wave Feminists Wipe Out On The Third Wave

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/what-steinem-albright-and-clinton-don%e2%80%99t-get-about-millennial-women/ar-BBpks2o?li=BBnbfcL

The headline to this op-ed piece is misleading. Read down to the lower half of the article and it’s clear the female writer is trying to push two points: 1. Liberal millennial women are voting for Bernie Sanders because they’re too young to know better. 2. Liberal millennial women are ungrateful little brats for failing to respect the holy feminist trio of Clinton, Albright, and Steinem. If it wasn’t for them, your major goal in life would be to have “Mrs.” in front of your name.

And then, there’s this: “The more likely explanation, however, is that young liberal women, like their male counterparts, are attracted to the cool old guy because he’s promising a dream in which the rich have less and the poor have more. Robin Hood is so awesome.”

So all of you liberal millennial women are backsliding. You’re all Maid Marian hoping that someday you will become Mrs. Robin Hood in a May-November marriage.

And to think that the Washington Post was once the paper that exposed Richard M. Nixon and the Watergate scandal. It’s as out of touch with today’s young women as Clinton, Albright, and Steinem (although to her credit, Steinem has walked back her statements, claiming she “misspoke”).

So, do you agree? Are you closing the door on the feminist holy trio because you’ve forgotten they opened it? Or is it because both age and time diminish and tarnish even the strongest (to some) idols?

“But they’re missing the bigger point that had these older women not cut a path for others to enter and expect to be treated fairly in the workplace and elsewhere, these same young women would, indeed, be following the boys in hopes of inserting an “r” between the “M” and the “s” in their titles, as their predecessors had to.”

Or is it as simple as that while third wave feminists appreciate the trailblazing of the second wave feminists, they don’t appreciate the condescending attitudes of members of that much older generation currently raining down on them?

 

Hillary Clinton And The Republicans Working The System

It says a lot—maybe everything—that Hillary Clinton is joining the GOP and the conservative-to-right-wing political pundits in asking how can the federal government possibly afford to pay for Bernie Sanders’ proposals like “Medicare For All” and free higher education.

They’ve convinced the non-thinking voters who adamantly support the presidential candidacies of Clinton and the Republicans to ask that same question. If those voters were actually thinking people they would realize they are being instructed to ask the wrong question so that don’t get the correct answer.  The correct answer is: Bernie’s programs will be paid for by raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy and closing all IRS tax loopholes that enable many corporations and wealthy people to pay little or no taxes at all. Bernie’s programs can be paid for by passing laws enabling the federal government to seek out and find all offshore accounts that hide income and assets that so they can’t be taxed.

They can be paid for by forcing stock traders to pay for the millions and millions of automated transactions, which would also serve to drastically decrease these types of transactions that can quickly affect the stock market either positively or negatively or increase or lower stock share prices in a matter of moments.

These programs can be paid for by ending once and for all the corporate welfare by which working people subsidize the very corporations that pay them minimum wage, cut their benefits, raise the costs of their healthcare insurance, or lay them off entirely. Lastly, although there are still other ways to generate more federal income, the military budget can be cut by billions and billions of dollars.

But here’s the problem: politicians like Hillary Clinton and the Republicans, reinforced by the corporate media, train non-thinking voters to believe that they have absolutely no say about the federal budget because those decisions are made by powerful forces totally outside their control. This is the primary message of Hillary Clinton and the Republicans, reinforced by the corporate media, instill in non-thinking voters: “You have control of nothing. You need to elect us to control it for you.” Or they convince non-thinking voters that both parties are the same, they’re all crooks so there’s no sense in voting.

This is all mostly true under the present system. And this is what makes Bernie’s presidential campaign so important: he wants to change the system. Hillary Clinton claims that as president Bernie will never get his programs enacted because: 1. They’ll raise your (lower-and-middle class) taxes, and 2. No one in Congress will work with him to pass these programs. Non-thinking voters never stop to think that #2 would cancel out #1. And they never stop to think that, as I explained above, they shouldn’t have to be the ones to pay for all these beneficial programs anyway.

She is correct—under the present system. However, if you elect Bernie, chances are you will also vote to elect like-minded politicians who WILL work with him. And that’s the key. Incrementally over two election cycles it would be possible for thinking voters to elect enough like-minded politicians at every level to change the system so the programs that Bernie proposes will be enacted. And once that genie is out of the bottle there’s no going back. Unless enough non-thinking voters re-elect politicians like Hillary Clinton and the Republicans in sufficient numbers to reinstate the old system.

This is why Hillary Clinton and the Republicans, reinforced by the corporate media, keep telling non-thinking voters that they are the agents of change, because non-thinking voters keep buying into that fiction by electing and re-electing politicians who perpetuate the unchanging system.

Elect Bernie Sanders president. He is in the vanguard of like-minded politicians who want to actually replace the outdated system with a new one. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a brand spanking new system in Washington, D.C. for a change?

Hillary Clinton Snatched Nothing From The Jaws Of Victory

***UPDATE: Since I first wrote this the Clinton campaign is claiming victory in Iowa despite the fact there is no victory as yet to claim. One precinct remains uncounted and there are questions about the results in a few others. This shows how desperate that campaign is to claim a meaningless win, as I explain further down. It also shows how afraid they are of Bernie Sanders’ surging campaign. It’s Déjà vu circa 2008 all over again.***

 The corporate media is spinning the virtual tie in Iowa as a victory for Hillary because she didn’t lose. That’s utter nonsense. In fact, a few coin tosses led to the tie which further renders the Iowa caucuses results meaningless.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/a-coin-toss-was-actually-used-to-decide-some-iowa-ties-betwe?utm_term=.eqP99XPVk#.mtM779VdR

Bernie has been, ahead, behind, and tied with her in the Iowa presidential polls leading up to the Iowa caucuses. The very fact that he tied with HIllary, who has been the media-anointed eventual Democratic presidential nominee is a victory for Bernie.

 Even Reuters agrees, sort of. The news agency ran a story about how the Iowa tie raises doubts about her campaign. “‘She has had every possible structural and organizational advantage and Sanders fought her to a draw,’ said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.’This is almost a moment by moment rerun of 2008,’ Schnur said. ‘The difference is her competition is not as tough this time.'”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-democrats-idUSKCN0VB0PB

 So Bernie’s not as tough a competitor as Obama was in 2008 yet he still tied with Hillary. Do not think that that butterflies are not fluttering inside stomachs within the Clinton campaign today.

 But we must keep in mind that the Iowa caucuses historically have been regarded as a non-important event since they don’t really mean anything. They’re beauty contests which don’t even fully decide the number of delegates that will be sent to the national conventions for both parties. In Iowa after the caucuses, elections are held in the counties and congressional districts and then statewide to choose the slates of delegates who will go to the national conventions held by the Democrats and by the Republicans.Tonight was just the first of four contests to elect delegates to the national conventions for the Democrats and the Republicans.

 NOTHING WAS POLITICALLY DECIDED LAST NIGHT. All that happened was that both candidates could declare they didn’t lose a media-hyped contest. The full slate of 44 Democratic delegates headed to the convention won’t be decided until June. With O’Malley out of the race (suspending a campaign means the candidate still qualifies for matching federal funds for contributions that the candidate continues to receive, even after that particular election is over. These funds go towards paying down the outstanding campaign debt.) his few delegates are again in play.

 All that was at stake here were the bragging rights to winning the first political contest of the election season. These were denied to both Bernie and Hillary but they can brag they didn’t lose either.

 Meanwhile, the corporate media already has Iowa in its rear view as it has already moved on to New Hampshire. Bernie is expected to win big there but it’s predicted Hillary will win both the South Carolina and the Nevada primaries. Maybe, maybe not. In any case, like Iowa and New Hampshire those two states have never played a major role in deciding a presidential election, let alone the presidential nominee. Nevada, considered a swing state, only has 6 electoral votes. South Carolina only has 9. There are far more important contests than these two states to decide who will get the nomination and who will be elected president.

 

Donald Trump’s Running For President–Or IS He?

Here’s my take on Donald Trump–and I could be wrong. First, I question why a guy who’s historically been a political moderate is going so hard right that he’s even to the right of Ben Carson? My theory is that he’s intentionally saying outrageous, politically suicidal things because he doesn’t want to be president.

I think every presidential campaign of his has been a sham.  Why  should he run for president, win, and take a pay cut? All of his wealth–credit cards, financial accounts, all his business interests–are taken away from him and put in trusts until after he leaves office.  He’d have to give all control of his businesses to others otherwise we’re talking conflict of interest.

And he’s a businessman. Does he really want to deal with what he would have to consider the boring parts of the president’s job? ? Does he really want to deal with Congress, the different agencies, lobbyists, the corporate media, all those foreign countries–especially China and Russia, ISIS, al-Qaeda, the various wars around the world, global warming?  He’s worth several billion dollars, has access to everything and can do and say whatever he wants. Why the hell would he want to trade it all in to be president? I really don’t think he’s megalomaniacal enough to want to be president just to have control of the military and our nuclear weapons and to be the most powerful man in the world-without access to his financial empire.

Why is he slamming Muslims? Because I think he’s fomenting outrage to the point where his popularity tanks and it essentially provides him a way to gracefully bow out of the race instead of quitting when his numbers are high. He wants to lose this race.  If he knows how to read public opinion polls he can clearly see his voting base rests securely with the right wing lunatic fringe of the GOP,  a fringe so right wing looney that they view Rand Paul and Jeb Bush as liberals.

He’s already lost “The Apprentice” and after recently selling off his entire holdings in the Miss Universe Organization his future presence in the corporate media looked to be severely diminished.  What better way to increase it then to run for president and position himself as The Great White Wing Hope.   The good news is that after he closes his “presidential campaign” early next year we won’t be subjected to another installment of “Donald Trump Runs For President” until 2020.